Perhaps I am not your stereotypical revert in that I am a 44 year old single white male who is employed as a diesel mechanic. I feel that I have finally found the correct and truthful path to God after a very long search and the wonderful people at IslamiCity have been a blessing to me.
I was raised a Christian by wonderful, loving parents, of whom my mother was a minister but they also graciously allowed me to find my own way in life and I praise them for that.
I spent the majority of my youth in the typical pursuit of irreverent and materialistic things, as many young in western society are prone to do but at about the age of 30 started feeling that there was some higher purpose that I was missing, some spiritual truth that I was lacking and I began a search to find it. Always a student of intellectual reading material such as poetry, prose, philosophy and such I began my search by reading books. I started with the nature religions such as Wicca but quickly grew frustrated as there were as many different approaches to the spirit as there were authors to write them. I then became interested in Zen and Tibetan Buddhism. These kept me more engaged as there is an endless supply of material on the subjects and they do offer many good counsels and self improvement techniques but I still felt as if something were missing. I just could not come to grips with the no self and no God theories that they profess to. I felt that there was indeed a higher power, one I desperately wanted to commune with but also knew that the tradition of my wonderful parents was not my path.
One day about a year ago I happened upon a book on Sufism by Hasarat Inyat Khan while looking for some guidance after the untimely death of my dear father and found the introduced concepts to be totally enlightening, they just clicked and made perfect sense to me. That and all of the media attention after the terrible events of Sept. 11 served to fuel my desire to know Islam, and to know God. I see now the beauty and truth written in the noble Koran and after much research and the recommendations of a Muslim newspaper correspondent I had written to here in Denver, came to find IslamiCity and decided to take Shahada with one of the wonderful volunteers whom so graciously called me at my home and talked freely with me about my path.
I look forward to becoming a good Muslim, to my relationship with God and all of His followers and encourage all who may have thoughts of following this path to do so without regret. Life is so fleeting and the rewards of knowing God are so great.
Peace be upon you all.
By the grace of God, Brandon Sumner from USA declared his testimony of faith (shahada) at IslamiCity on September 27, 2002.
I m so glad that the real path of reaching to God has came to u, but remmeber one thing that from now on any thing u have to find out about Allah and his final religion Islam, just after finishing ur daily five prayers, after each prayer ask Allah to guide u to his real path and let u meet with people of his real knowledge,
Insha Allah he will be helping u, infact He already helped u to show u His path,
May Allah Guide u and bless u and make u a soldier and a scholar of His Islam
Firstly I would to say congractulation by choosing the Islam as WAY OF LIFE. U choose the correct regelious.Only the islam will put U in proper situation.
Anyway I from Malaysia. I' Muslim. Hopefully we keep in touch and talk about islam in details. TQ.
Aqurire knowledge to purify our self and through knowledge we purify our action.Through action we purify our soul and increase our Iman.
Congratulation, you are one of the lucky one being choosen by Allah S.W.T.to knock on door of your heart..........
fee aman allah,
Congratulations brother on your decision to take the Shahada. I wish you best of luck and success. Iam very happy that you found the real path of your life . May God bless you, and again I want to add that Iam very happy because as a member of Islamicity I thik that I also have a very small part in inviting the world to Islam.
I AM VERY HAPPY WHEN A NEW PERSON FIND ALA, I FOUND ALA HERE IN USA NINE YEARS AGO, AND I NOW HOW GREAT IS TO NOW ALA AND TO HAVE REAL COMUNICATION WITH HIM AND REAL GUIDANCE, BECAUSE BEFORE I NOW HIM I WAS LOST, AND HE CHANGE MY LIFE FOR EVER INSHAALA.
MARTHA E MANTILLA
AS THIS WOULD MAYBE UR FIRST RAMZAN I MUST SAY THAT DURING THE 30 DAYS OF RAMADAN IT IS THE MOST SPECIAL AS IT TOOK ALLAH THE MUST GRECIOUS AND MERCIFUL 30 PERCIOUS DAYS 2 CRATE DA HOLY QURAN AS ALL THE JIN WAS LOCKED UP AND IT IS OUR TIME 2 READ THE QURAN IN 30 DAYS KEEP FASTIN TO OBEY ALLAH.
MAY ALLAH SHOWER U WITH HIS BLESSING.
Congratulations! May Allah accept all your good deeds as well as ours. However, you still have another task of convincing your dear mother(whom I hope is still alive). It will be a difficult task but I hope at the end of the day WE would succeed.
May Allah guide us unto the straight path.
People like you and other reverts are much better
Muslims and much better human beings than any of us
who are muslim by virtue of birth.
You have understood Islam better than me.
May Allah reward you in this world and in the hereafter.
first of all,
You are a very very lucky person.
I am a young muslim man who knows well the typical western youth, as of their daily lifestyle, well to tell you the truth, by being involved on such activities on daily basis such as the young typical materialistic youth in the western, it is so difficult to understand what is right and what is wrong, very few people practice their daily belief system and the rest are morally deal; i mean totally dead, they became like machines. My point is, it is extremely hard to be GOD concious people while people are chasing materialistic things in this world we live in.
You should be eternally thankful to Allah for showing you the right and the most profitable path.
I would like to share a Quranic revelation with you. As you probably know, Surah Yasin is considered the heart of Quran. Scholars have spent their lives trying to decipher the reason for the status of this surah. They think that a story revealed in this Surah is very compelling and heart of Surah Yasin. I would like to share with you this story which you probably know already. But I feel so well by repeating it many times.
You know there have been approximately 125,000 prophets. One of them came to a city probably in the present day Syria. As usual, most of the people rejected his message. There was one man living on the outskirts of the city who accepted the message and attested to the truth of the message. He was an ordinary man, so he was put to untold misery but he didnot flinch. Ultimately, he was martyred. Allah granted him heaven. Even there he was gloomy and looked sad. Allah asked him the reason for his despair as nobody is unhappy in the heavens. He told Allah that he was despairing because so many people in his city would miss the magnificent rewards and eternal happiness which he is seeing there and wished that they somehow came to know of these rewards before their deaths so that they can also benefit from this.
Allah was so pleased by his sincere concern for his fellow city dwellers for whom he was wishing the best even though they put him through great misery that he made this story the heart of The Quran.
May Allah show us all the right path.
i am glad that you have finaly found the religion that fills your spirutal needs
MAY ALLAH BLESS YOU WITH THE COMFERT OF HIS LSAT AND TRUE RELIGION OF ISLAM.YOU ARE VERY WELCOM BACK ON THE ORIGIONAL WAY OF ALLAH(SWT).ISLAM IS THE WAY OF LIFE WHICH IS A RELIGION AT THE SAME TIME.AND THIS WAS THE SAME MESSAGE AND THE WAY OF LIFE FROM ALLAH FOR ALL THE PROPHETS(PBUT) EVER SINCE THE CREATION TILL THE LAST DAY ON THE EARTH.AND ALSO ISLAM WILL BE OUR WAY OF LIFE IN THE HEARAFTER INSHALLAH.
ENJOY YOUR BOUNTIES FROM ALLAH(SWT).AND PRAY FOR ALL AS WELL.
I am a revert myself, since about 2 years.
I thank Allah for inviting more and more "western" people onto his path.
The fact that He does so with people who have the courage to THINK and STUDY has really surprised me. I realise now that Islam is not about emotions, but a reasonable choice to accept the Truth. Alhamdolillah.
Every day I pray that more people would stop thinking one way and fearing to consider any other path, even though they are obviously not happy and not totally convinced about the path they are on. I KNOW - I used to be like them: rather ignore the questions and doubts, rather pretend you did NOT notice inconsistancies... out of fear that you'd have to change.
But changing towards the Truth is so relieving, so rewarding...! You just have to do it and I hope, I pray that many many people will find the courage and will be blessed with an open mind in order to do the same, insh'Allah!
I've always believed that those who sincerely are seeking the truth will find it with Allah's help. Time and again stories like this prove me right. Enjoy the fruits of your labor, dearest brother. You can rest in the knowledge that you now are part of a loving family that lasts forever in God's grace and favor, insha'Allah.
In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
 By (the Token of) Time (through the Ages),
 Verily Man is in loss,
 Except such as have Faith, and do righteous deeds, and (join together) in the mutual teaching of Truth, and of Patience and Constancy.
Glorious Qur'an, Ch. 103: 1-3.
Study the life of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and follow his sunnah. May Allah count us among those whom He is pleased, and cause us to be pleased with Him ( Allah).
Praise be the GOD ALMIGHTY for giving you a new and eternal meaning of life after your soul searching journey.It is not the end but a new beginning of discovery and closeness to GOD.He has given you a life to fulfill....don't be afraid for GOD will always be there.Keep an open mind a sincere heart learn everthing that you can .....if in doubt ask more than once and more than one ..........in the quiet of the nite praise GOD ALMIGHTY thank him for all that you have and ask him for guidance.He gains nothing if he punishes you and he loses nothing if he rewards you.Remember we need him more than he needs us.Walk to HIM ......and HE shall run to you.......run to HIM; HE shall be faster than the strike of the lightning.Praise be to ALMIGHTY GOD.
See you up there insha Allah.